project leader
David T
Various youth serving agencies in Milwaukee
(Lincoln Creek Greenway)
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Opportunities Arise and are Seized

the project

Nearby Nature Milwaukee is an environmental justice and equity initiative started in the Fall of 2017, to build healthier and more resilient communities..
We started this project recognizing a great need in neighborhoods stressed by high poverty and injustice, The group focuses its efforts in Milwaukee’s Lincoln Creek Greenway.  We are grateful for those who supported us through this campaign.  Once this campaign is completed, you can still offer support by reaching out to us at
Since 2018 we have been operating a Youth Outdoors Education Program in neighborhood youth centers and host events and service outings along the Lincoln Creek Greenway. We have also hosted forums, workshops and presentations for the environmental community to promote justice, inclusion and equity. Our youth agency partners to date have included Lighthouse Youth Center in the Garden Homes neighborhood, Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls Club and MPS Samuel Clemens elementary school.  We have been partnering with the Urban Ecology Center to deliver programming.  In order to expand upon this capability, in January of 2020, we hired Martina Patterson, as a youth-educator in training who will be developing new programs.

the steps

Martina has been shadowing youth environmental educators from the Urban Ecology center and is now ready with materials and curriculum. In the coming months, we are initiating new programs with new partners.  We are actively working with youth agencies to include expanded hours and field trip capabilities to provide the youth with new outdoor experiences.  

why we're doing it

In neighborhoods with high poverty, we are seeing the effects of trauma in our young people. Research shows that time outdoors can reduce stress and improve physical health. Environmental education can also introduce youth to green careers and inspire them to a lifetime of outdoor stewardship and recreation.


Disbursed Budget 4.19.21

$3,400 – Youth Educator salary

$235.40 – Youth program materials

$403.93 -  Fiscal sponsor admin expense (Payroll, accounting, 501c3 fiscal sponsorship)


TOTAL RAISED = $4,164.26
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $124.93

We have a foundation grant that will match your donations up to $10,000.  Your donation goes to pay a youth educator to lead programs in youth after-school programs.  While our programs are halted to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to provide stipends to help our part-time staff meet their bills.

Updated Budget:

ioby Platform Fee waived $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$92 $92
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,092 $5,127


$8,000 - educator salary (or for a subsistence stipend during the Covid-19 pandemic)
$400 - lab and art materials
$600 - youth field trip transportation
$1,000 - Fiscal sponsor admin expense (Payroll, accounting, 501c3 fiscal sponsorship)

Original Budget: 

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $10,000 $10,000
ioby Platform Fee Waived 35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $309 $310
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,309 $10,345


Opportunities Arise and are Seized

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to date.  It has been difficult, in the era of Covid, to do all the things we would like, but we are finally getting ready to restart one of our Youth Environmental Education programs, with Lighthouse Youth Center in the Garden Homes Neighborhood.  We're helping to keep it safe by taking the kids outdoors, to visit green spaces in the Lincoln Creek watershed.  

Additionally, we are going online with a series of anti-racism workshops titled "Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement".  Originally scheduled as an in-person event, it had to be cancelled last March.  We have over 100 people registered for the 3 week series.

Recently, we were invited to participate in a week-long "Summer Intensive" seminar hosed by the Urban Ecology Center.  A scholarship program finally brought this program down to a reasonable cost for us.  We put out the word, looking for a person or persons in the community, interested in attending this week-long intensive class on building urban environmental programs.  We got a positive response from EIGHT individuals and decided to sign up all eight in the program.  We are expecting great results in the long term but for now, the cost of subsidizing seven of the participants has us in a bit of a cash crunch.  So, that's your cue to reach over and click that "Donate" button.  If you have donated before, we are grateful for your support.  If you can donate again, we are doubly gratefull.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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